RAIL improvements to redouble the line between Kemble and Swindon are on track to finish in late August.

The £45million project to upgrade the railway started in January 2013, planning put an old double line back into service.

Work for the upgrades has involved improving earthworks to accommodate new track and adding signalling equipment along the stretch of railway.

The confirmation of the works’ progress was confirmed by network rail during a recent sitting of the Environment and Communities Committee and will be officially announced in the coming weeks.

When works are finished the new redoubled line will allow four trains an hour in each direction.

Cllr. John Cordwell, who was involved for a long-time with the redoubling of the line through his regional work, said: “I’m very pleased that it is going ahead at last and hope that it will lead to faster and increased services to and from London.”